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5 Tips for Using Pediatric Braces

Even the smallest bones and muscles can become injured. In today’s society, youth sports and competition are performed at a much higher level and, as a result, injuries are much more common. To help protect and fix injuries in children, a brace can sometimes be the key to making them better again.

For some children braces are a new experience. They may have trouble putting them on and getting used to them. However, with a little practice and some helpful tips, your child will be able to maneuver without trouble and start healing in no time.

Here are 12 tips for how to use pediatric braces: Continue reading

Knee Braces: 6 Ways They Can Help Students Prepare for School Sports

Braces for School Sports

More and more we see the popularity of youth sports intensifying; while this is great for parents who want their kids to stay active, it also means paying more attention to sport safety and injury prevention.

As interest in playing sports grows, so does the level of competition and intensity. Many experts have expressed the growing number of youth injuries is due to the higher levels of performance required to be successful in a variety sports. Today’s kids need to be stronger, faster and braver in order to surpass others who have been training their whole lives in a particular sport. Continue reading

DonJoy’s Drytex Knee Braces Vs Neoprene Knee Braces

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Drytex Playmaker Brace

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Neoprene Playmaker Brace

Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material designed to be flexible, durable, and to resist breakdown by water. Neoprene has been used for over 75 years. In its application to braces and supports, it is very form fitting and resilient to the stresses placed on it.

Neoprene is a very popular material for cold weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and is used extensively in water sports.

Neoprene braces are ideal supports to provide uniform compression over an extremity such as the knee or elbow. Neoprene’s heat retention properties is preferred by some to help ease the pain of a joint due to arthritis and muscle strain.

The disadvantage of Neoprene is know to many parents who pick up their child’s brace, with an odor that is hard to describe and tolerate. Neoprene is not a breathable material, and therefore retains the sweat and perspiration of the skin at the surface. Many people have allergies to Neoprene, causing skin rashes, blistering, itching and more severe allergic reactions.

Elastic material is not a good alternative as it does not stretch like neoprene, nor does it have the compressive qualities and durability of neoprene.

DonJoy developed a material referred to as “Drytex” as an alternative to Neoprene.

Drytex is a material made of a Nylon core and Polyester Lycra fabric, which retains the durability and compressive advantages of Neoprene, but is breathable and non-allergenic.

Drytex braces are more comfortable to wear compared to Neoprene, with the absence of the foul odor usually associated with its counterpart.

So how do I tell the difference between the two materials?

Simply lift the material up to light and stretch the material. If light shines through, it is a breathable material. If there is no light seen, it is probably neoprene.

If you are in a warm weather climate, and participate in sports such as Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis and Golf, then Drytex is an alternative to Neoprene. If you have allergies to Latex and Neoprene, Drytex is an excellent choice for support.

This material is only found in select manufacturers like DonJoy. It usually is not found in retail stores.

It is important to consult with your treating doctor prior to purchasing any orthopedic brace. There are many choices to be made when deciding which knee brace to purchase.

One of the premiere websites that sells DonJoy Extremtity Braces and provides a wealth of information on knee and elbow braces with Drytex is http://www.braceshop.com

The Brace Shop, LLC. is one of the fastest growing brace companies in the USA. They provide one of the largest selections of extremity braces, therapy products & accessories on the internet. If you want more information on DonJoy Extremity Braces, go to DonJoy Extremtiy Braces.

AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace

AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace

The AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace combines proven Air-Stirrup features with the unique “step-in” design and automatic heel adjustment for easy application. The AirSport is by far one the most popular ankle bracse in the USA. Used by tens of thousands of athletes it offers maximum protection and comfort.

AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace

The AirCast AirSport™ Ankle Brace has proven itself over the years as the benchmark for all stirrup ankle braces.

The AirSport™ Ankle Brace incorporates clinically proven Air-Stirrup® Ankle Brace features, such as a semi-rigid shell and aircells, to provide comfort and support. Additional compression and stabilization is provided by ATF (anterior talofibular) cross strap and integral forefoot and shin wraps.

The unique “step-in” design (toes first inserted into the back of the brace) and automatic heel adjustment make the AirSport™ extremely fast and easy to put on. This design also prevents excessive movement of the brace within the shoe.

The AirSport™ Ankle Brace is used in a wide variety of sports activities, with only certain limitations. Some sports that require cleated shoes may not have the room to accommodate the AirSport™. Baseball, football and soccer may require a lower profile brace to fit into cleats. The AirCast A60™ is a great alternative if that is the situation an athlete faces. The A60™ is similar in function to the AirSport™, but less bulky and a lower profile brace.

The AirSport™ is ideal for all indoor and outdoor sports where ankle protection and increase stability is required. Many patients wear the AirSport after an injury has healed for additional protection from reoccurrence due to chronic instability.

Patient feedback has been remarkable, given the choices available in the brace market. It is available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate most shoe sizes. For more information on this brace including a video presentation

If your shopping for an ankle brace that offers maximum support, with comfort and proven reliability, then look no further. This is the brace for you!

For our full line of braces, visit us at Braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

** It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

Product Review – The Bauerfeind Genutrain Knee Brace

Many athletes & patients ask me what is the most comfortable knee brace on the market? There is no doubt that products by Bauerfeind USA, have historically been the most comfortable and durable elastic braces in the world. As one of the leading medical device manufacturers, Bauerfeind makes an important contribution to maintaining and restoring health, with an unrivaled commitment to quality.

The Bauerfeind Genutrain knee Brace is an anatomically contoured knit support that is breathable and stretched by spiral stays on the sides of the brace. It is a slip on brace with a special knitting technique that make the support extremely comfortable to wear. The brace is only made in Germany.

The high grade elastic knit material is the hallmark of this brace, and is the reason for its popularity among many patients who suffer from arthritis,tendonitis and chondromalacia of the knee.

This is not your typical store brand elastic knee brace.

A circular viscoelastic donut surrounds the knee cap and helps correct the position of the patella to prevent tracking and patella instability. This insert redistributes pressure away from the knee cap to the surrounding soft tissue.

As the knee flexes and extends, the visco donut moves with the knee cap, thereby massaging the surrounding tissue, helping to control swelling and inflammation.

This massage effect is ideal for older patients with arthritis and swelling in the knee, and for people that cannot tolerate the more aggressive arthritic hinged type braces.

Another unique feature that Bauerfeind does with all their knee braces is to lower the compression of the brace around the edges of the thigh and calf areas. This produces a gradual reduction of pressure at both ends of the support and prevents constriction bands from developing in the lower leg. This feature is ideal for patients with diminished circulation.

The brace is low profile and provides exceptional uniform compression. The Genutrain is very popular for golf and tennis as it does not interfere with mobility, flexibility and side to side movement like some hinged type braces.

The Genutrain is available in black, titanium and nature colors. It comes in 7 different sizes and is universal for the left or right leg. The brace is a little pricy due to the US Dollar vs. Euro, but once you put it on, that difference goes away. For more information on the Bauerfeind Genutrain Knee Brace and for sizing information, CLICK HERE.

For more information on our entire brace line, visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended that you consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

Product Review – The DonJoy BOA Lumbar-Sacral Back Support

The DonJoy BOA Back Brace effectively address a variety of clinical spinal indications. Designed with patient need and comfort in mind, the BOA (Back Orthotic Appliance) is ideal for spinal stability and abdominal support for post traumatic and chronic lumbosacral support, lumbar spinal laminectomy, lumbar discectomy and disc herniation. DJO Incorporated is a leading global provider of high-quality, orthopedic devices, with a broad range of products used for rehabilitation, pain management and physical therapy.

The New DonJoy Boa Lumbar-Sacra Back Support is not your typical back brace.

The patented Lacer Design Compression System is an integral feature of the BOA Back Brace. The system utilizes a multiple tear-drop channel design in conjunction with a high-tension harness cord and one simple pull strap to effectively tighten the orthosis with minimal exertion, strength, grasp and body motion by the patient.

Features and Benefits of The DonJoy BOA Lumbar-Sacral Back Support include:

* Rigid, heat-moldable kydex contoured anterior panel and liner for increased abdominal compression.
* Reduce loads on the intervertebral discs.
* Easy to use compression technology.
* Simple hook-loop closure.
* Pull handle allows for a quick closure that can be adjusted according to patient need.
* Soft, breathable, interior spacer fabric.
* Outer mesh allows heat to escape without compromising stability.
* Lightweight and low profile.
* Multifunctional use for post-operative and maintenance use.
* Lordotic Foam inserts available at varying degrees for the treatment of lordosis.
* Available in Low Profile 8″ or Regular 10″.
* Rigid posterior compression panels.

“The BOA back brace solution is an important component of our spine market strategy,” said Les Cross, president and CEO of dj Orthopedics. “The prevalence of back problems, and the products and procedures centered around the treatment of spinal disorders and pain, have made the spine segment one of the largest and fastest growing orthopedic markets. With the launch of the BOA back brace, we now offer a more complete solution for rehabilitation from spinal surgery and other back-related injuries.

With the launch of the new BOA back brace, DJ Orthopedics also offers both a rigid back brace to provide post-surgical support as well as a line soft compression braces used for daily maintenance and pain relief.”

For more information and sizing chart, please CLICK HERE. For all of your bracing needs, visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.